Nyko unveils 3.5″ hard drive data bank thingy for the PS4

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PS4 Nyko data bank

The current generation of gaming won’t be defined by broken game launches, timed exclusives or battery lifespans in controllers. It’ll all come down to which console manages to have a decent compression ratio for data so that I don’t run out of f***ing space for all of my games. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both boast 500GB internal hard drives (not including the memory tax here). And they’re both easy to fill up. But Nyko has a strange solution for the PS4 at least.

And that solution comes in the form of a new data bank, which adds a dock to your console that allows players to slot in a tradition 3.5” hard drive. “The solution eliminates the need for an external hard drive, which currently cannot support game installs or save data,” said Nyko at CES via VG247, when they unveiled the device.

This also allows for larger storage, faster running speeds and less expensive prices found with 3.5″ hard drives.

It also allows for the console to look like a lop-sided Kit-Kat bar, but that’s just me. In all seriousness however, I’ve found the PlayStation 4 to have the best storage capacity so far. I’ve got several games, apps and plenty of captured video on my console, and I still happen to 228.4gb of free space out of the allotted 404.6gb that is available. Here’s the list of games that I currently have on the console, that are taking up less than half the space so far:

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • GTA V
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Secret Ponchos
  • Resogun
  • Lego Batman 3
  • Escape Plan
  • Disney Infinity 2.0
  • Surgeon Simulator
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Strider
  • PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
  • Outlast
  • Trials Fusion

That’s rather beefy. On my Xbox One, I currently have left 76.2gb out of the 364.9gb available , thanks to the following long list games:

  • Far Cry 4
  • Titanfall
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • WWE 2K14
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  • Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Halo The Master Chief Collection
  • Halo 5: Guardians Beta
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • D4
  • Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood
  • Pinball FX2
  • Worms Battlegrounds
  • Volgar The Viking

The Nyko device has no price yet, but details are expected later this year. Remember, you can upgrade your PS4 internals by slotting a new 2.5″ HDD inside of it, while the Xbox One allows for external support with compatible USB 3.0 devices. Or you could be like me, and realise that you need to trim some fat off of your consoles.

Last Updated: January 8, 2015

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